A Set of Four Antique Silver-gilt Pepperettes by William Hutton and Son
in the form of poppy seed heads, a pierced grill beneath the crown, the surface gilded.
Retailed by Asprey and presented in a fan shaped leather bound case, the lid satin stamped ‘ASPREY, 166 BOND ST, LONDON’ beneath a crown, signifying the firm held the Royal Warrant of King Edward VII.
Shaking poppy seeds across the garden to sow more flowers for the following year is highly evocative, prompting memories of summertime and childhood.
These pepperettes ingeniously mimic this action as they are shaken by the stem to release pepper from beneath the crown.
During the days surrounding the funeral of King Edward VII in 1910, a staff member at Asprey commented that “practically all the ruling heads of Europe were there, and many of them came to Asprey, you might see three or four in the shop at one time.”